Tag: American Jewry
"Opposition to non-Jewish immigrants, among them refugees from Sudan, also is growing. In December, in Tel Aviv's Hatikva neighborhood, several hundred Jewish residents led by MK Michael Ben-Ari, a disciple of Meir Kahane, waving the yellow flags that are Kahane's symbol, demonstrated against migrant workers and asylum seekers who have been crossing into Israel from the Egyptian-controlled Sinai and settling in the neighborhood. That same week, three girls, daughters of African migrants, were beaten by teenagers as they walked home to their apartments. Within hours of the attack, in the port city of Ashdod, a tire was set on fire outside the door of an apartment where seven Sudanese migrants were sleeping. Five suffered smoke inhalation before they were able to break through the bars on their windows and flee. In Jerusalem a few days later, rabbis and right-wing agitators whipped up a crowd of several hundred against the rental and sale of apartments to Arabs."
The German White Rose activists, mostly students from the University of Munich, who dared to condemn the German persecution of the Jews (well before the concentration camp exterminations began), were also considered 'traitors' by their fellow Germans who did not mourn the beheading of these activists by the Gestapo...If a people who so recently experienced on its own flesh such unspeakable inhumanities cannot muster the moral imagination to understand the injustice and suffering its territorial ambitions—and even its legitimate security concerns—are inflicting on another people, what hope is there for the rest of us?"
"As we move further into the 21st century, American Judaism stands at a crossroads. It must decide what it wants to be. Shall it be a thoughtful religion, giving meaning and purpose to the lives of its adherents and having an influence for good upon our larger American society? Or will it become an inward-looking group focused upon the notion of Jewish "ethnicity" and dedicating itself to advancing the interests of the State of Israel, whatever that state may do? Is it to be part of our religious community, or is to be part of the foreign policy establishment?"
"Netanyahu’s talk about an “economic peace” is complete nonsense, because no economy can develop under an occupation regime and hundreds of roadblocks. Any peace process – real or virtual – will grind to a halt. The result: the Palestinian authority will collapse. Out of desperation, the West Bank population will turn further towards Hamas, or the Fatah movement will become Hamas 2."